Past Vs PresentA Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams
According to Williams, the play is about: “the ravishment of the tender, the sensitive, the delicate, by the savage and brutal forces of modern society”
Conflict between values of old world and the new Contrast between Stanley and Blanche Represent different aspects of American society! Stanley represents the American dream – that all men are conflict born equal and can succeed equally. He is associated with the world of stark reality, rooted in the present.Blanche represents the old world, where class and race were important issues.She is associated with a fantasy world, rooted in the past.
The South Associated with a landed elite in elegant housesFor Tennessee Williams the South stood for strongcultural values whilst the North was greedy and sordid
Belle Reve Associated with: Past Death False illusion of pastoral beautyOld America is seen as a beautiful dream inBlanche’s mind- in reality it is based on racism and prejudice.
BlancheRepresents the faded grandeur of the American pastAlready a ghost! •White clothes •Fear of light •Detachment of reality
The present Stark realityStanley is associated with the present.New Orleans is associated with: Modern Mixed Involvement in WW2 led to Economic boom, rise in immigrants Open/frank and a mix in classes Sexuality/relationships Privileged/plantation (past) Vs Immigrant in New Orleans
StanleyStrips away the illusionsembedded in the past Conflict between values of old world and the new! Hypocrisy of old America Vs Vulgarity of new America Unborn baby gives hope to darkness of the play - mixture of Stanley and Stella
Dialogue Sentimental/poetic Blanche Abruptness/simplicity Stanley